Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto




The Cittadellarte - Pistoletto Foundation

Cittadellarte or "City of Art " is situated in the historical textile centre of Biella along the banks of the Cervo river in a renovated  premises of a former wool mill. The Cittàdell'arte - Pistoletto Foundation combines old day charm, which made Biella famous, with the innovation of contemporary art.

Michelangelo Pistoletto, an international artist who was born in Biella, is the creator of the  Cittàdell'arte Pistoletto Foundation which was founded in 1994 inside the 19th century Trombetta Wool Mill. Today it is a creative and innovative laboratory of art under the protection of the Ministry of Cultural Assets.

The great luminous spaces of this old factory are home to cultural areas which deal with  Art, Education,Ecology, the Economy, Politics, Spirituality, Production, Work, Communication, Architecture, Fashion and Food. They also organize exhibitions, conferences, special events, temporary shows, workshops and multimedia labs.

Each year from June to October they play host to young artists from all over the world who work on a project for responsible change in our society. It is called UNIDEE, a project which is open to all artists who have an interest in exploring the relationship  between art and society. Furthermore at Cittàdell'arte it is possible to visit the permanent collection of the work of Michelangelo Pistoletto.

Inside the building there is also a very nice cafè  with a traditional vaulted ceiling which welcome visitors and offers an international and ethnic cuisine in an informal and friendly atmosphere. It is open for lunch every day from 12:45 to 14:30 . Dinner from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 20.00 to 22.00 can also be arranged by prior reservation.


  • By car: A4 motorway, take the Santhia exit, follow signs for Biella then at the city center follow signs direct to Cittadellarte.
  • Cittadellarte is at approximately  2 km from the Biella San Paolo railway station. A frequent city bus connects the town with other villages and with the centre see

Destination: Provincia di Biella - Biella e Valle Oropa - Biella
Altitude: 398.0 m.
Type: Art-Culture - Museum


Fondazione Pistoletto ONLUS Via Serralunga 27 - 13900 Biella (BI)
Phone: (+39) 01528400
Fax: (+39) 0159555165